A Bill Berkson class on poetics, focusing on the work of Frank O'Hara and other poets of the New York School. He reads portions of O'Hara's book Second Avenue and looks at the importance of place in poetry. Berkson talks about European influences on poets in New York, the influence of movies on O'Hara, and other aspects of the poetry of the New York School writers, including their influence on his own work.
Bill Berkson reads an autobiography that he wrote for the Gale Research Company. He talks about his family, his New York City childhood, and his life as a writer and teacher, including his memories of fellow poets.
A class taught by Bill Berkson at the Naropa Institute June 19, 1978. For the first part of the class Berkson focusses on the work of John Ashbury, reading and discussing his work. For the second part of the class, Berkson focuses on the work of W.H. Auden and William Carlos Williams. This is class 1 of 2.
A class, "Transmitting," taught by Bill Berkson at the Naropa Institute June 21, 1978. Among the various topics covered in Berkson's lecture: D.H. Lawrence, Rudy Burkhardt, Willem de Kooning, Clark Coolidge, John Cage, Alex Katz and Charles Reznikoff. Berkson also reads and discusses his poem "Negative." This is class 2 of 2.
Bill Berkson lecture on Joe Brainard and collaboration. Distinguishing between institutional collaboration and hands-on collaboration, Berkson reviews collaborations in the 1950's and 1960's involving Brainard, Frank O'Hara, Larry Rivers, himself and others. Berkson also discusses literary criticism as a form of collaboration, and his views on intellectual property rights.
First half of a Bernadette Mayer, Bill Berkson and Lewis Warsh reading. Berkson reads "From a childhood," "Dangerous enemies," "Roots," "Levantine," "Camera ready like a dream," "Duchamp dream," "Space dream," "Mother's mother," "To Lynn," "Breath," "Marco Polo," "Christmas Eve," "Negative," "The living brain," "Wake-up call" and other poems....
Second half of a Bernadette Mayer, Bill Berkson and Lewis Warsh reading. Warsh reads "Quarter to four," "Footnote," "Afternoon in October," "Stolen words," Walking through air" and other poems. (Continued from 78P101B)